Monthly Archives: October 2014

Race, Taste and Gun Control (redux)

On Sunday, British ex-pat Charles Cooke wrote a controversial article in the New York Times about the racial overtones of gun control laws. (Please read it!) I read it thinking “yes, yes, yes!” Gun control laws are motivated by racial mistrust. I’ve been saying this for about two years now. Cooke argues his point by […]

Why You Have to Trust the Government: SWAT Team Edition.

Kevin Williamson is my favorite political writer: though some of his views are a tad kooky, he is the only reason I read National Review Online. Here, he does a good explaining why you have to trust your local police SWAT teams. The solution to these sorts of problems is not, as an anarchist would suggest, […]

Why You Have To Trust Your Government: California Edition

I do not consider myself a libertarian or anarchist; I believe government exists to promote the common good. But I also believe 1) that the only way to have good government is to cultivate transparency and accountability; 2) the only way to have transparent and accountable government is to have a limited government; and 3) […]

War, Terror and Ethics

It feels like I’ve had this conversation a thousand times: Angry Person: The Israelis are once again attacking Gaza! Who will stop this tragedy? Me: Hamas will stop it, once they renounce terrorism. Angry Person: Over 1000 Gazans have died during the war, only a few dozen Israelis. Who are the real terrorists? Me: The ones […]

Why You Have to Trust Your Government: Boston Edition

A discussion on my last post centered on trust and mistrust of government. I’m all in favor of honest government and abiding the law, but honest government is not a given; it can rapidly devolve into a racket. What happened in Boston in the 1980’s and 1990’s is too common in American cities. Here is a […]

Guess what, Americans? Your Government Hates You.

My fellow Americans, Maybe “hate” is too strong a word for what your average government official feels for the average American citizen: “despises” or “holds in utter contempt” is probably closer. Petty corruption, abuse of funds, abuse of power, juvenile ideological biases, and simple incompetence have stained every federal agency during the Obama administration, and […]

Life Imitates Art: The Bonfire of the Vanities

A white man kills a black teenager, claiming he acted in self-preservation, though there are few or no credible witnesses. The dead youth is remembered as a model citizen, struggling to rise above prejudice and poverty, a martyr for the cause of racial justice. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson demand action. Demonstrations devolve into race […]